Hardwood Floors Care Guide

Looking for some 'How To' on Hardwood Floors? Get answers to your hardwood floor dilemmas with guidance on care, cleaning, cleaning products and accessories, DIY, protection, maintenance, decor, and much more.

Hardwood Floors are the Natural Choice

Fix squeaks in hardwood floorsSolid hardwood floor types include a vast selection of gorgeous and unique species like oak, maple, ash, hickory, and cherry.

Each individual plank or board of the hundreds that make up your floor has its own character and style, special markings, grain patterns, and coloring.

Reclaimed and salvaged wood from a variety of sources is, more and more, becoming a popular design choice.

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a renewable resource. They offer better indoor air quality than other flooring materials and are great for allergy sufferers. 

Hardwood flooring provides a healthier, safer living environment.

  • Solid hardwood can most often be repaired rather than replaced.
  • They require less maintenance and last longer than other flooring materials over the long term.
  • Hardwood floors match well with any decor, in any season, for any theme. Remodel or redecorate to your heart's content and your wood flooring still looks great and stays in style.
  • More Hardwood Floor Benefits

Hardwood floors can create an atmosphere ranging from a rustic, relaxing cabin-like retreat to a warm, charming sanctuary to a classy, luxurious feel. Their beauty, value, and durability are unsurpassed.

Explore HowToHardwoodFloors.com to learn how to care for, maintain, and accessorize your hardwood floors.

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Area Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors - Family Room

Area Rug Pads

Rug pads for hardwood floors are a very important purchase.

The wrong rug pad can permanently damage your floor. Many unsuspecting homeowners end up with stained, severely discolored floors due to a chemical reaction between the rug pad material and the polyurethane finish.

Area rug pads are frequently mislabeled or even misrepresented. You will see many marked as “for use with wood floors” or “for use on hard surfaces” when, in fact, they are not safe for a poly-coated wood floor.


Cleaning Products for Hardwood Floors - Mopping

Cleaning Products

We strongly recommend choosing hardwood floor cleaning products that are approved by your hardwood flooring manufacturer.

The right wood floor cleaners will protect your urethane finished floors, reduce maintenance time and expense, and won’t void your warranty.

The wrong cleaners can cause unsightly and expensive damage, to the extent that only a complete sand and refinish can correct.

Remember that wood and water don’t mix.


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